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[ri-nuhn-see-ey-shuh n, -shee-] /rɪˌnʌn siˈeɪ ʃən, -ʃi-/
an act or instance of relinquishing, abandoning, repudiating, or sacrificing something, as a right, title, person, or ambition:
the king's renunciation of the throne.
Origin of renunciation
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin renūnciātiōn- (stem of renūnciātiō) proclamation, equivalent to renūnciāt(us) (past participle of renūntiāre to renounce) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
renunciative, renunciatory
[ri-nuhn-see-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -shee-uh-] /rɪˈnʌn si əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ʃi ə-/ (Show IPA),
nonrenunciation, noun
unrenunciative, adjective
unrenunciatory, adjective
abandonment, repudiation, denial, disavowal, forgoing. Unabridged
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  • The clumsy torrents of words became a principle, a renunciation of style as unserious.
  • To her, these shades represent nothing short of a renunciation of the inalienable right to happiness in home décor.
  • There are revelations and reconciliations and a final act of what amounts to remarkable, positive renunciation.
  • Certainly a religion of utter renunciation would be no religion at all.
  • In a sense this gradual renunciation of beauty was the second step after his disillusion had been made complete.
  • When he became champion, his renunciation of poverty was absolute.
  • For some, this renunciation can take a radical form.
  • In fact, of course, his renunciation was a false claim.
  • Again this is in line with an eclectic renunciation of any absolute version of events.
  • Small wonder that the close of the play is a chorus of renunciation.
British Dictionary definitions for renunciation


the act or an instance of renouncing
a formal declaration renouncing something
(stock exchange) the surrender to another of the rights to buy new shares in a rights issue
Derived Forms
renunciative, renunciatory, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin renunciātiō a declaration, from renuntiāre to report, renounce
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Word Origin and History for renunciation

late 14c., "action of renouncing," from Latin renuntiationem (nominative renuntiatio), noun of action from past participle stem of renuntiare "renounce" (see renounce).

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